Toyota joins Dodge in offering thrill rides, TechForce offers hands-on STEM center for students
A 2017 Ford GT in Heritage Edition trim and driven less than 20 miles, 20 vehicles from The Vault Portfolio, 11 Chevrolet Corvettes from the Jim Osterman Collection, a customized 1965 Shelby GT350SR and a resto-mod 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, “thrill rides” in Dodge and Toyota vehicles, and a STEM education center highlight the 12th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction scheduled for October 3-5 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
“We’re headed to Las Vegas with an already remarkable auction season behind us,” Barrett-Jackson president Steve Davis is quoted in the company’s pre-auction news release. “We’re going to build on that momentum with a docket rich with classic muscle cars, resto-mods, high-end supercars and everything in between.
“The breadth of our Las Vegas docket will include something for every type of enthusiast.”
“This year’s Las Vegas Auction is sure to deliver on everyone’s expectations with world-class collections, authentic automobilia and incredible collector cars, like a no-reserve 2017 Ford GT,” added company chairman and chief executive Craig Jackson.
The latest edition of Ford supercar has a Shadow Black exterior with silver stripes patterned after the color scheme of the 1966 Le Mans-winning GT40 Mark II.
Also on the docket are cars from the Vault Portfolio, including a 1932 Ford Model A custom coupe with a 502cid Chevrolet V8 engine, and those from the Osterman Collection, including a 1953 Corvette with a “special” 235/150 straight-6 engine.
The 1965 Shelby GT350SR custom Ford Mustang (CSC002) is a continuation car built in 2005 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Carroll Shelbys first GT350 and carries a 585-horsepower, 427cid V8.
The resto-mod ’57 Chevy has a fuel-injected 527cid big-block V8, rides on an Art Morrison chassis and features power windows and top.
A highlight of any Barrett-Jackson auction involves the presentation of cars being sold to benefit charities. At Las Vegas, an aviation-themed, 400-horsepower 2009 Ford Mustang “AV8R,” created by a team that includes Mustang design chief Doug Gafka and chief engineer Paul Randle, will be offered to help Reach Out WorldWide; the 2018 Ford Fusion NASCAR Cup Series racer that won the Southern 500 at Darlington has been donated by Team Penske to benefit United Way for Southeastern Michigan; and a 2005 Ford GT used as a development vehicle by Ford Performance will benefit the JDRF juvenile diabetes foundation.
Also up for bidding at Las Vegas will be more than 350 lots of automobilia items, including neon signs and gas pumps.
In addition to those bidding in the convention center, bidding can be done via proxibid.com.
At Las Vegas, Toyota will join Dodge in providing thrill rides around a 60,000-square-foot driving area.
Another new feature will be the TechForce STEM Center, a 2,000-square-foot area offering hands-on activities so students might better understand automotive technology through the application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.